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JibJab enters the messaging game, wants to be the “funny button” for all your communications needs

Fifteen years after launching as a fledgling digital content shop in New York and after surviving two economic downturns, JibJab Bros Studios today is profitable and employs more than 60 people. Having relocated its operations to Santa Monica a decade ago, the company bootstrapped itself for more than half its life before bringing on venture backing only [...]

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How Twitter became the LinkedIn of the adult industry

Daisy Ducati tweets selfies — of her skintight red latex dress, stockinged feet and naked body. It’s the sort of thing that could get most people fired, but in Ducati’s case, it’s actually gotten her hired. That’s because Ducati works in the adult industry, which increasingly treats 140-character missives and follower counts like cover letters [...]

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Fired from Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project? Cool! Now you can attend Tony Hsieh’s $250 music festival!

Earlier today, it was reported that Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas Project has fired a ton of its staff amid rumors of total organization meltdown. A few hours later, this… uh… slightly ill-timed email was sent to members of the Downtown community by the Hsieh-backed Life Is Beautiful festival, suggesting they skip work to attend the $250 music event. [...]

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Amazon’s “Transparent” is the best show ever created by a tech company

Making great television is hard. It doesn’t matter whether it’s produced by a longtime incumbent with decades of experience like HBO, or a tech company like Netflix venturing from the safe solace of zeroes and ones into the much less predictable realm of characters and story. Major networks order over a dozen pilots each year, less than half [...]

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This Thursday: Mobile is Dragging You Global (Whether You Like It Or Not) — A Pando Webinar

Being a founder-CEO can be a thankless job, particularly if you’re doing it for the first time. Famed VC Ben Horowitz has pegged it at a whopping 22% success rate. But there’s one task that often makes even the most seasoned leader look like an idiot: Going international. You can go too slow. (eBay) You can [...]

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Why an AOL merger is Yahoo’s best hope now

The Marissa Mayer era of Yahoo came to be because of the wishes of an activist investor. So it seems oddly appropriate that Mayer’s dreams of reviving Yahoo’s growth may be thwarted by yet another shareholder activist, one who wants Yahoo to do exactly what Mayer does not: slash jobs and merge with AOL. These activist investors normally [...]

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Gumroad releases an ambitious mobile app to help even more of the “artist middle class” get paid

Gumroad CEO Sahil Lavingia calls them “The SMBs (small- or medium-sized businesses) of creative content.” Patreon CEO and Pomplamoose singer Jack Conte calls them “the creative middle class.” They are the musicians, filmmakers, and comic book artists who instead of flying around in private jets and trashing luxury hotel rooms are quietly creating art people love and [...]

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Front raises $3.1M to take the misery out of enterprise email through intelligent collaboration

Email has long been the scourge of many office places, with inboxes often resembling warzones of unread messages, stars and tags, missing attachments, and all around chaos around next steps for each item. These problems are only exacerbated when multiple people are included on an email chain. Front is a shared inbox and collaboration platform [...]

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China’s strange support for Apple’s latest security features

Apple will be allowed to sell its new iPhones in China on October 17, according to a statement released by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which is said to have delayed the smartphones’ launch in China due to concerns about their security features. China’s government has grown increasingly wary of Apple’s products in [...]

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Nixie Wearable Drone Camera

Nixie is a concept for a small and flexible camera-equipped quadcopter. The idea is that you’ll wear it as a bracelet, then when you want it to take a picture it’ll fly off your wrist, snap a shot and then come back to you. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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HYPEBEAST Reviews: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

The “bigger than bigger” slogan for Apple’s latest flagship release, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, sums up its newfound stance in offering large displays to iPhone users. Apple’s bold break away from its commitment to the 4-inch display is arguably more groundbreaking than any new feature could ever be. After selling more than 10 million units [...]

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The $5,000 USD Chanel x Monster Headphones Are Dropping This Month

Previewed earlier this year, today we caught word that the Chanel and Monster collaboration will deliver one of the most expensive headphones on the market in the coming weeks. The luxury headphones featured above exhibits Chanel’s signature quilted leather aesthetic and the iconic double “C” monogram. The unique pairing of high-fashion and audio technology will [...]

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Circle goes surprisingly global with the public launch of its user-friendly bitcoin wallet

When Circle previewed its bitcoin wallet and exchange platform in May, then in public beta, I called it the “CryptoBank of America.” It was a nod to the company’s focus on consumers, rather than merchants, its commitment to leading with free, easy to use, and aesthetically pleasing products, its desire to serve the underbanked, and [...]

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Today in “Peter Thiel says things.” Does society really hate tech?

Peter Thiel* is very good at saying things. The PayPal founder/Facebook investor/possible-libertarian-supervillain is eloquent and quick-witted, with a penchant for boiling down big concepts into bite-sized truisms. “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters” is his signature line. (I prefer Jeffrey Hammerbacher’s “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click [...]

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Video of stupid kids bending iPhones in Apple Store is more proof that we need a “right to be forgotten”

On a believability scale, the idea that teenagers are idiots is closer to “the sky is blue” than “the Universe might be little more than a giant hologram.” Now we can thank two teens for proving this point by filming themselves entering an Apple Store, attempting to bend as many iPhone 6 Plus models as they [...]

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Cloud jobs are growing faster than the talent pool. That’s an opportunity for women coders says Intel

As more and more jobs are created by technology firms, one of the biggest issues facing the sector is how to ensure those opportunities are available to all, not limited just young, white males. And with women only making up 20 percent of American programmers, according to the US Department of Labor, and high profile firms [...]

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GoPro HERO4 Black & Silver

The HERO4 Black is twice as powerful as its predecessor, capturing video in pro grade 4k resolution at 30fps, 2.7k @50fps or 1080p @120fps, and improved audio, while the 1080p HERO4 Silver has a built-in touchscreen display. Link Link 2 Price: $400-$500 Continue Reading from the Source

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The year of digital blockades continues with China’s Instagram ban

China is attempting to prevent images of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong from reaching citizens in the mainland by blocking access to Instagram, according to reports from Reuters and the BBC. (People in Hong Kong can still access the site without any problems.) Preventing access to social media during protests, elections, and other politically sensitive [...]

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Chargerito

At about the size of a car key fob, the Chargerito is probably the smallest mobile device charger you can get. It also has a bottle opener. Available in microUSB and Lightning variants. The pre-order price is discounted by $20. Link Link 2 Price: $19 Continue Reading from the Source

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